Colorado Produce Safety News

October 2021

As many growers wrap up for the 2021 season, it's time to look ahead at new training and networking opportunities for fall and winter!

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Center for Produce Safety Annual Research Symposium recordings, reports and posters are available online

The Center for Produce Safety is focused on providing the produce industry with information on enhancing the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The conference this year covered many relevant produce safety research topics including Cyclospora, post-harvest wash water, Listeria, and ag water risks and treatment. All of the session recordings along with reports, posters and summaries are available online

Looking for produce safety training for your farm supervisor?

Michigan State University Extension is offering a produce safety training for farm supervisors. The online self-paced course will take place on the following dates: The course has nine modules that relate to Good Agricultural Practices and regulations within the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and will require approximately 4 hours of time to complete. This is a supplemental training that does not fulfill the requirements in §112.22 (c). Those who take this course should also take the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. 

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses


There are several options for taking the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Please see the methods below and choose the option that works best for you. 

Colorado Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 

CSU Extension has scheduled three trainings for this fall and winter. Additional dates to be announced. 

Produce Safety Alliance Online Training 

Offered by the Produce Safety Alliance as a three-week course that can be completed at your own pace. The online course is expected to take 15-30 hours for successful completion. Find online training options here.

Remote Delivery Course 

The same course CSU Extension has been offering but taught by educators in other states in real time. Instructors use video conferencing software, such as Zoom or Webex. This is a temporary option that is being supported during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find remote training options here.

Save these dates for upcoming Colorado produce safety events!


Colorado Farm Show Produce Day

January 25, 2022

Join us for new research and information on produce safety. 

Learn more

CFVGA Annual Conference
February 28 - March 1, 2022

Conference schedule coming soon!

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Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program Updates



Colorado Produce Safety Program Rule Change
Effective October 30, 2021 the dollar threshold limits under the Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program will increase. Farms with a rolling three-year sales average for 2018 through 2020 that is less than $28,561 will be exempt from the Rule (an increase from the current three-year rolling average of $28,075). Farms whose three-year sales average during that same period falls between $28,561 and $571,214 may be eligible for Qualified Exemption status under the Rule. These new limits are the maximum allowable under FDA guidelines.   

2022 Produce Safety Program Registration Opens Nov 1, 2021
All farms who grow, harvest, pack or hold produce that is commonly consumed raw with sales values above the exempt level are required to register with the program annually between Nov 1 and Dec 31, 2021. Registration is free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. No forms need to be uploaded or copied. The link for online registration can be found here. For a mail-in copy of the registration or questions, reach out to: Sarah Musick, Produce Safety Program Coordinator at or 303-869-9282.
Register your farm

Have a produce safety question?

Submit your question or contact Martha Sullins:
Colorado’s Produce Safety Collaborative is part of the CSU Extension program and made up of 5 organizations collaborating to bring the most up-to-date produce safety information, training and education to Colorado’s produce growers and other industry stakeholders. 
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